Photographing the Mexican Revolution Commitments, Testimonies, Icons

ISBN-10: 0292735804

ISBN-13: 9780292735804

Edition: 2012

Authors: John Mraz
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Description: The Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920 is among the world's most visually documented revolutions. Coinciding with the birth of filmmaking and the increased mobility offered by the reflex camera, it received extraordinary coverage by photographers and cineastes—commercial and amateur, national and international. Many images of the Revolution remain iconic to this day—Francisco Villa galloping toward the camera; Villa lolling in the presidential chair next to Emiliano Zapata; and Zapata standing stolidly in charroraiment with a carbine in one hand and the other hand on a sword, to mention only a few. But the identities of those who created the thousands of extant images of the Mexican Revolution, and what their purposes were, remain a huge puzzle because photographers constantly plagiarized each other's images.In this pathfinding book, acclaimed photography historian John Mraz carries out a monumental analysis of photographs produced during the Mexican Revolution, focusing primarily on those made by Mexicans, in order to discover who took the images and why, to what ends, with what intentions, and for whom. He explores how photographers expressed their commitments visually, what aesthetic strategies they employed, and which identifications and identities they forged. Mraz demonstrates that, contrary to the myth that Agustín Víctor Casasola was "the photographer of the Revolution," there were many who covered the long civil war, including women. He shows that specific photographers can even be linked to the contending forces and reveals a pattern of commitment that has been little commented upon in previous studies (and completely unexplored in the photography of other revolutions).

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List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 5/2/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 327
Size: 8.50" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.124

John Mraz is Research Professor at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (Mexico) and National Researcher III. Among his books are Looking for Mexico: Modern Visual Culture and National Identity; Nacho Lopez, Mexican Photographer; La mirada inquieta: Nuevo fotoperiodismo mexicano, 1976-1996; and Uprooted: Braceros in the Hermanos Mayo Lens.

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